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George N. Carleton

Melba Croft Notes from Particulars of Canadian War Vessels Building & projected: Glenlea [C.N. 453] launched 20/7/1943. Canadian Transportation, July 1947, page 418: W.A.C. Ships Sales in April: 1 tug Glenlea – Foundation Maritime Ltd., Halifax, V.S. Canadian List of Shipping 1956: Bansaga [C.177437] registered at Halifax; built at Owen Sound in 1943. 73’ x 20’ x 7’ 6; 97 g.t.; 28 n.t.; 600 hp. Owned by Foundation Maritime Ltd., Halifax. Canadian List of Shipping 1970: Steel tug Bansaga [C.177437] registered at Halifax; built at Owen Sound in 1943. 73’; 97 g.t. Renamed b] George N. Carleton. Moran’s Shoreside Companion 1996: Tug George N. Carleton [C.177437] built by Russel Brothers Ltd., Owen Sound, Ontario for the Government of Canada as Bansaga 1943 – 1947; sold to Foundation Maritime Ltd. 1947 – 1964. Reconstructed repowered and given present name b] George N. Carleton 1964 – present. Owned by Gravel & Lake Services Ltd., Thunder Bay Ontario. Stationed at Thunder Bay. Jaap Bilj Notes: Launched as Glenlea for the Royal Canadian Navy.


This classic tugboat was built in 1943 by Russel Brothers of Owen Sound, ON as the HMCS Glenlea for the Royal Canadian Navy. In 1947 she was sold civilian to Foundation Maritime and renamed Bansaga. In 1964 she was acquired by Gravel and Lake Services (now Lakehead Tugboats) Inc. of Thunder Bay, ON, where she was repowered and renamed George N. Carleton. Gravel and Lake Services was owned by the three Styffe brothers, Roy Bert and John. She is busy in the ship assist trade in Thunder Bay. Type: Single Screw Tugboat Year Built: 1943 Builder: Russel Bros., Owen Sound, ON Engines: 1 EMD 12-567C Horsepower: 1,250 bhp Length: 82' 00? Breadth: 21' 00? Depth: 11' 00? Port of Registry: Thunder Bay, ON


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Photo courtesy Foundation Marine - The Tug Fleet

 

RBF notes: Active Service in Thunder Bay, ON, Sept. 9th, 2001

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Thunder Bay, ON, March 24, 2004.

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SB notes: Thunder Bay, ON, Sept. 4th, 2006

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March 23, 2008. teddyts66 writes: "Start of the shipping season in Thunder Bay."
source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UKrs7qsXaU

 

Rob Farrow notes: Published on 10 Apr 2015. Short video of the 1943 built Russel Brothers Tugboat George N. Carleton breaking ice. With temps finally rising and the expected arrival of the first boat into Port this season, the Tug was out breaking up the ice in the Viterra c elevator slip. Please forgive the wind noise, I'm using a new camera and still figuring it out, thanks!

 

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